Lite sent men…Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Adalah, Bimkom, B’Tselem, Gisha, HaMoked, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel, The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel ochYesh Din skriver i ett pressmeddelande (15 sept):
”Human rights organizations in Israel believe that the State of Israel must conduct an independent and impartial investigation into these suspicions and to cooperate with an international monitoring mechanism that would guarantee both the independence of that investigation and the implementation of its conclusion (…) The groups expect the Government of Israel to respond to the substance of the report’s findings and to desist from its current policy of casting doubt upon the credibility of anyone who does not adhere to the establishment’s narrative.”
Aluf Benn (Haaretz; Common Ground News Service) anser också att Israel borde ha samarbetat med Goldstonekommissionen, men argumenterar lite annorlunda än MR-organisationerna:
”Rather than boycotting the commission, Israel should have flooded it with testimonies and information: presented Hamas as an organisation that advocates the destruction of the Jewish state and is responsible for firing rockets; emphasised Israel’s claim that its occupation of Gaza ended with the disengagement in 2005; justified the launch of the operation and its mode of conduct; proved that the IDF “is the most moral army in the world”; and offered detailed explanations for every incident under investigation (…) But the most significant missed opportunity had to do with the principle of adapting the rules of war to a situation where acts of terror are committed within civilian areas. (…) Israel should have taken advantage of the platform afforded by Goldstone and demanded that the rules set after World War II, when wars were fought between regular armies, ought to be subject to a re-evaluation.”
Benn konstaterar också att ”Even without cooperating though, Israel’s claim that the rockets fired from Gaza into civilian areas constitute a war crime, possibly even a crime against humanity, was upheld over the claim made by many Palestinians that they are a “legitimate form of resistance to the occupation”.”
Oavsett vilka slutsatser de olika undersökningarna kommer till så tror jag att den här automatiska reflexen att vägra samarbeta med internationella komissioner inte alltid är till Israels fördel. Definitivt inte på lång sikt.